201 E. Randolph Street

Frank Gehry

2004

Pedestrian Bridge

Transit Stop:  Randolph St. Metra Station

Access:  Free

 

 

http://explorechicago.org

 

Designed as an acoustic barrier for the street traffic this bridge connect s Millennium park to Daley Bicentennial Plaza.

BP Bridge @

Millennium Park

 

3360 South State Street

(entrance to the south, b/t 33rd & 34th St.)

Mies van der Rohe

1956

School

Transit Stop:  35-Bronzeville-IIT - green line

   or Sox-35th - red line

Access:  Limited access

 

www.iit.edu/arch/crown_hall/

 

The column-free open plan of the main floor is divided by free-standing partitions that demark spaces for classes, lectures and exhibits for the College of Architecture.

S.R. Crown Hall

Illinois Institute of Tech.

 

951 Chicago Avenue

Frank Lloyd Wright

1889-1898

Museum

Transit: Stop:  Oak Park - blue line

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

http://gowright.org/visit/home-and-studio.html

 

Wright's home offers insight into the first 20 years of his career, where he experimented with design concepts

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

 

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE GUIDE

3201 South State Street

Rem Koolhaas - OMA

2003

Student Centre

Transit Stop:  35-Bronzeville-IIT - green line

   or Sox-35th - red line

Access:  Free

 

www.iit.edu/campus_and_conference_ centers/meeting_spaces/mccormick_ tribune_campus_center.shtml

 

The concrete and stainless steel tube encloses a 530 foot stretch of the Green Line commuter rail passes right over this building which can be seen on the interior and exterior.

McCormick Tribune Campus Center (IIT)

 

111 South Michigan Avenue

Renzo Piano

2009

Art Gallery

Transit Stop:  Adams / Wabash or

   Madison / Wabash Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.artic.edu/aic/collections/exhibitions/modernwing/overview

 

The “flying carpet roofline“ is made of extruded white cantilevered blades used to shade and reflect sunlight into the galleries and photovoltaic cells within the window shades help control light and conserve energy.

The Modern Wing       Art Institute of Chicago

 

220 East Chicago Avenue

Josef Paul Kleiheus

1996

Art Gallery

Transit Stop:  Chicago Station - red line

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

www.mcachicago.org/

 

The amount of natural light from the central atrium is its most notable feature.  A very nicely designed gallery due to the clear organization of gallery spaces.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

 

201 E. Randolph Street

Anish Kapor

2004

Park

Transit Stop:  Randolph St. Metra Station

Access:  Free

 

 

www.explorechicago.org

 

Better known as the Bean it is not quiet architecture but the most successful public art projects I have seen any architecture groupie would enjoy the use of space and material here.

Cloud Gate @ Millennium Park

 

860-880 Lake Shore Drive

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

1951

Transit Stop:  Bus 157

Access:  Limited Access

 

 

The perfect proportions became a  prototype for steel and glass skyscrapers.

860-880 Lake Shore Apartments

 

Robie House

 

5757 Woodlawn Avenue

Frank Lloyd Wright

1910

Museum

Transit Stop:  59th Street (U. of Chicago) station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.gowright.org/research/wright-robie-house.html

 

Most notable features are the projecting cantilevered roof eaves, continuous bands of art-glass windows, and use of Roman brick all emphasizing the horizontal plan.  This is the greatest example of his Prairie style.

Marina City

 

300 N. State St. at Chicago River

Bertrand Goldberg Associates

1967

Mixed-use

Transit Stop:  State / Lake Station

Access:  Limited Access

 

 

www.marina-city.com

 

The bottom 19 floors are an exposed parking lot operated by valets for almost 900 vehicles.  These towers are hard to miss and worth a second take.

Sofitel Hotel

 

20 East Chestnut Street

Jean-Paul Viguier

2002

Hotel

Transit: Chicago Station - red line

Access:  Lobby  Open

 

 

www.sofitel.com

 

The facades tapers to a knife-like point, the building form is spectacular. Stay for a night.

Unity Temple

 

875 Lake Street

Frank Lloyd Wright

1908

Church

Transit: Stop:  Oak Park - blue line

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

http://www.unitytemple.org/

 

A beautifully detailed church with  interesting sectional qualities.

Spertus Museum

 

610 South Michigan Avenue

Krueck + Sexton Architects

2007

Museum

Transit Stop:  Harrison Station - red line

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

http://www.spertus.edu/

 

The geometrically articulated front façade is striking made of 726 glass parallelograms tilting in 3 directions and varying in size.

John Hancock Center

 

875 North Michigan Avenue

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

1970

Office, mixed-use

Transit Stop:  Chicago Station - red line

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

www.johnhancockcenterchicago.com/

 

By  far one of my  favorite skyscrapers in

Chicago.  I recommend visiting the Observatory  the view  is  amazing.

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)

233 South Wacker Drive

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM)

1973

Office

Transit: Museum station

Access:  Hours of  Operation

 

http://www.theskydeck.com/

 

The groundbreaking structural innovations was the first tube structure which has been used for other tall buildings since.

Chicago Federal Center

 

230 S Dearborn Street

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

1974

Transit Stop:  Jackson Station - blue line

Access:  No interior Access

 

 

 

These glass and steel building’s are iconic examples of the international style of architecture which include Mies signature I-beams and perfect proportions.

 

Arthur Heurtley House

 

318 Forest Avenue

Frank Lloyd Wright

1902

Private Residence

Transit: Stop:  Oak Park - blue line

Access:  closed

 

www.wrightplus.org

 

Visit Oak Park, an area filled with Wright’s Victorian and Prairie Style architecture.

201 E. Randolph Street

Frank Gehry

2004

Transit Stop:  Randolph St. Metra Station

Access:  Free

 

www.explorechicago.org

 

This outdoor concert hall screams Gehry, a great space even when there is no concerts but if there is one while you are in town check it out - I hear the acoustics are very good and the new home for Chicago's Grant Park Symphony

Millennium.

 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion @ Millennium Park

 

5807 South Woodlawn Avenue

Rafael Vinoly Architects

2004

Transit Stop:  59th Street (U. of Chicago) station

Access:  Free

 

www.chicagobooth.edu

 

The atrium is built of curved steel beams that form Gothic inspired arches, a signature of the university's architecture.  This area is where students informally work together and meet in this area.

Booth School of Business

 

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